Yesterday my son and I went to the Seattle Art Museum to see the Kehinde Wiley exhibit. The best word I can give you about the exhibit is. . .GO! Go even if parking downtown sucks, go if you’re wondering whether it’s worth your time and money (it is!!), go even if you have to swim there. Seriously. Do not allow yourself to miss it.
These photographs I took are just a sampling of the extensive body of work currently on display at SAM and no one’s photographs, including mine, can do justice to his art. It is incredible to see and experience his work in person. When you stand in front of one of the pieces and think nothing could be any better than what is before you, all you need do is continue moving through the exhibit. Around every corner is a new surprise that takes your breath away and holds you suspended in a glorious, visual orgasm of the mind and heart.
In the above photograph, I lined up the composition I wanted and just as I was taking the photograph, a precious little lady came along on the other side of the same painting and set herself up on her cane to take a picture. When she came around the corner to take a picture of the very painting in my photograph, I noticed that her cane had a small seat on the top of it which she could rest against in this way. Pretty cool setup. I thought is was a very sweet moment and a wonderful backdrop for this painting.
A simple but very profound painting. These eyes hold centuries of stories….
There is a wonderful film, also, that shows a lot of Mr. Wiley’s process and provides a great deal of insight into the artist.
The exhibit closes May 8. You can learn more here.
GO. You can thank me later.